Palin’s record is like shooting fish in a barrel for GOP Primary Candidates.

The Long Goodbye

So long…we hardly knew ya         

By Andrew Halcro

It comes as no surprise that Alaska’s former half-term governor opted out of competing for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Anyone who thought otherwise, was never really being honest with themselves about how Sarah Palin’s electability was living on borrowed time.

In all of Palin’s successful previous runs for office, there has been an X factor she relied upon to win over voters. Running for Mayor of Wasilla she injected religion and guns to move voters. Running for Governor of Alaska she capitalized on the public’s distrust of Alaska’s ruling political class to win over voters. In 2008, Palin finally hit the wall because there was no boogeyman big enough to cover her inadequacies as a public policy maker.

Shortly after being chosen by John McCain as his running mate, Palin floundered as her responses and comments wore thin. Reduced to sounding like a barking dog at campaign events, Palin’s inability to internalize and articulate domestic and foreign solutions left voters with growing concerns about her credibility as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate. 

Now, after spending the last three years in the protective cocoon of Facebook, Twitter and Fox News, Palin has managed to reinforce almost all of the negative stereotypes concerning her presidential metal.          

Even ignoring her insurmountable negatives among a majority of voters, including two thirds of Republican voters who didn’t want her to run, Palin’s record of governing was a primary opponent’s dream.

Raising taxes (ACES), government intrusion into the private sector (AGIA’s failed government subsidy) and a lack of any fiscal or ethical constraint as governor left her vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. No matter if you agree with Palin’s record or not, in the harsh world of Republican (I’m more conservative than you) primary politics, Palin’s record would have been like shooting fish in a barrel.


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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 17:36:28

    You sure are obsessed with reporting about someone who hasn’t been in the spotlight for awhile now. Sucks to be unfulfilled doesn’t it? Sarah’s living happily and you have no life.


    • KiheiKat
      Nov 02, 2011 @ 02:38:52

      How can you tell she’s happy Carolyn? Last time I saw her she was curled up in a fetal position, sucking on her red bull, under the table at Applebee’s. Maybe she was happily picking the old gum off the underside of the table for her family. She does like to be thrifty – except when she has someone paying for her.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Nov 02, 2011 @ 03:56:44

      You sure are obsessed with flying around the blogs trying to do damage control. It’s kind of like sticking your finger in the hole of a leaking dike, only there are too many holes. But hey, whatever floats your boat! Everybody has to make a living, right? Carry on.


  2. mitchethekid
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:05:08

    I’d be happy too. All that money for actually not earning it. Preying upon the fears and ignorance of the small and weak minded. A few weeks isn’t “awhile” and no, some of us haven’t given up on holding her accountable. Particularly in regards to her phony pregnancy. She’s a mucus excreting slug and she can’t slither away fast enough.


  3. mitchethekid
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:09:13

    Here’s gift for ya Carolyn. Enjoy!


  4. Syrin
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:54:58


    No, my life is good! I’m fulfilled with children going to college, serving our nation working, getting married and THEN HAVING MY GRANDBABIES… I’m blessed!

    Accountability is certainly what I require from the half term, unethical wanna be executive!

    Vigilance and continued commentary is necessary when dealing with someone so mavricky and rogue as Sarah P..

    Besides, I thought Andrew had some great things to say and I just wanted to document his perspective.


  5. Just_a_Mote
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:56:05

    Carolyn Kraemer Cooper’s book “Sarah Palin: A Biography” was ranked at 1,911,849 on Amazon the last time I looked. There were no reviews. I wonder if Carolyn Kraemer Cooper is fulfilled. And how about you… Carolyn?


  6. WakeUpAmerica
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 04:00:59

    Regarding Carolyn’s comment about Sarah’s happiness, I wonder how much of her happiness is white powder and going up her nose. Syrin, you better stop blogging and stop blogging now because you are unfulfilled!! Sarah’s Happy Troll reminds me of the Ren and Stimpy happy song.


  7. Paige
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 04:03:08

    I wish Andrew would run for President.


  8. daisydem
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 13:23:52

    Very good post. And Carolyn, you sound lonely, like maybe you have been abandoned?


  9. guest
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 13:49:21


    Maybe Palin is happy but she is still a liar and nothing changes that. A liar is a liar no matter how much money she/he makes. Lying is a mental illness for which Palin doesn’t appear to want any help. A poor person living a life of truth is far better than a millionaire living a life of lies and touting the Bible as her motivation. Lying, while using God to achieve $money$, is beyond disgraceful–and a sin..


  10. Fan Of Balto
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 14:13:30

    Syrin – your “new” site looks great! I am so glad you are still here, doing what you do so well by just being you. Is word salad catching, or did that sentence really make sense? I don’t do lols, but if I did, one would be there.

    Thanks for adding Perils of Palins to the blog roll – humor is never underrated! I hope being a grandmother is absolutely as satisfying and fun as you thought it would be.


  11. freshwatersnark
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 22:32:02

    After the international embarrassment of Sarah Palin, I hope Alaska redeems itself by electing Andrew Halcro to an important office. An intelligent, honest, sensible Republican with a sense of humor is a rare jewel!



  12. theperilsofpalins
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 13:25:49

    Thank you Syrin for putting me on your blogroll. I appreciate it very much.


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